The Old DVD Player Sitting in Your Garage Can Test for HIV

Remember DVD players? Well, looks like they won't be going the way of VHS tapes and cassettes (ask your parents) just yet. Because researchers have just figured out a way to turn them into affordable, blood-analyzing, cellular-imaging, laser-scanning microscopes capable of completing HIV tests in mere minutes. » 4/11/13 1:40pm 4/11/13 1:40pm

Oppo's Sub-$300 BDP-80 Blu-ray Player Plays Whatever You Throw At It

We've long been fans of Oppo, makers of high-quality, universal Blu-ray players, but that quality always came at a price. Their new BDP-80, announced today, plays Blu-ray discs, DVDs, SACDs, MKVs, MP3s, and more for only $289. » 1/25/10 12:20pm 1/25/10 12:20pm

Why The RealDVD Trial Might Actually Matter

Yes, OK, we called the software lame and poked fun when it earned that inevitable injunction, but that was just too predictable to get all earnest about. Well, RealNetworks might've been playing a long game. » 4/24/09 4:05am 4/24/09 4:05am

Toshiba Making Upconverting DVD Players Because HD DVD Loss Still Stings

Poor Toshiba's still not quite over the HD DVD defeat earlier this year, as evidenced by its president saying that they will "not market DVD players that are compatible with Blu-ray," instead opting for upconverting DVD players to bide their time before Blu-ray becomes so prevalent that the company has no choice. » 6/02/08 7:40pm 6/02/08 7:40pm

iLuv i1255 Desktop iPod Dock/DVD Player Hybrid Is Simple Convergence

The Skinny: The iLuv i1255 is a basically a DVD player with an iPod dock slapped on top. It plays DVDs, VCDs and CDs plus puts media from the iPod on your TV, a common trick nowadays. Basically if you're in the market for both a bare-bones DVD player and iPod dock and wanna save shelf space. The Catch iLuv's i1155 is… » 1/04/08 4:45pm 1/04/08 4:45pm

New Harry Potter DVD Comes Bundled With Portable Video

Warner Home Video announced today that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be the first DVD to come bundled with multiple video formats on a single disk. In addition to the regular DVD format, the disk will include versions for both home computer viewing and playback on portable media players. There has… » 10/11/07 6:00pm 10/11/07 6:00pm

DVD Player Faceoff: $18 Durabrand vs. $20,000 Meridian

If you remember the dark days when the cheapest DVD player in the world cost $1000, you might get a kick out of this one by Chinese manufacturer Durabrand, selling at the British subsidiary of Wal-Mart for £9 (just under $18.00). How low can they go, indeed. That would qualify as disposable. » 1/26/07 9:07am 1/26/07 9:07am

Pioneer DVD Players Cater to the Lowbies

Blu-ray, Schmue-ray is what I have to say and Pioneer agrees (kind of) by announcing the DV-300V and DV-400V DVD players. The DV-300V (top) is a simple, progressive DVD player that will be available in April 2007 for $69. The DV-400V (bottom) is a nicer DVD player that has an HDMI output, sound equalizing options and… » 1/07/07 2:31pm 1/07/07 2:31pm

Dare to Compare: DVD Players, One is $40, the Other, $3486

Looking for Dealzmodos as we always do, we found a Toshiba upconverting DVD player on Woot for $39.99. It's refurbished, has HDMI out and up-converts to progressive-scan 720p or 1080i. Best of all, it plays DivX and all kinds of CDs, too. » 11/29/06 10:20am 11/29/06 10:20am

Polaroid Portable DVD Player, No Shaking Required

Polaroid—yes, that Polaroid—has announced their latest portable DVD player, the PDJ-0793. Most of the time I don't get a flying hoot about these portable players because a laptop can do the same job and is a bit more functional, but this one looks a little better than the average bear and has a reasonable price. The… » 8/03/06 3:02pm 8/03/06 3:02pm

Omisys Wi-Fi DVD Player Media Center

DVD player? Ha! With as many features that this baby packs it should be called a hard-driveless media center. The Omisys PN-210V comes loaded up with a nice big antenna for Wi-Fi streaming via 802.11b/g. It can play Off Vorbis, XviD, DivX, MPEG-4 and WMV9 and it can read burned CD and DVD media. It also includes an… » 6/13/06 6:13pm 6/13/06 6:13pm

Helios High-Def DVD Player

No, this isn't an HD DVD player, but it claims to be a high-definition DVD player—big difference. The Helios HVD2085 tries to turn your moldy oldy DVDs into pretty, high definition-ness. Via the component cables this DVD player can output to 720p, 1080i and even 1080p. Via HDMI the HVD2085 can output to an assload of… » 5/30/06 10:46am 5/30/06 10:46am

Disney Portable DVD Player Recall

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Memcorp are recalling 102,000 battery packs that are in Disney branded portable DVD players. The battery packs overheat and can cause property or skin damage. These crappy DVD players have a 3-inch screen and are sold at the Disney theme parks and the Disney catalog from… » 4/17/06 1:41pm 4/17/06 1:41pm

LG Launches LightScribe DVD Drives

It's called a "super" multi DVD drive by LG, so we hope the new 16X multi DVD writer is as good as its name intimates. Embedded Light Scribe technology lets you burn GIF/JPEG/BMP images straight onto the DVDs surface and the Defect Management technique gets rid of media black spots and fingerprint defects. The drive… » 9/27/05 5:05pm 9/27/05 5:05pm

Low End Theory: Back-to-School Craptacular!

One of my favorite boardroom buzz phrases is "added value." As in, "By adding textured grooves to the volume knobs on our TVs, we've created a lot of added value for our customers." In other words, creating added value means making superficial changes that are just noticeable enough to merit a listing on the hype… » 9/08/05 1:30pm 9/08/05 1:30pm

Casio Bath-Toy DVD Players

I like a good soak in the tub every once in awhile, but I usually don't hang out more than a few minutes 'cause I don't quite like that icky wrinkly thing it does to my toes. If I had one of these new waterproof DVD players by Casio, however, I would probably risk severe wrinkling and stick through an entire two-hour… » 9/06/05 1:30pm 9/06/05 1:30pm